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Duchess of Cambridge honours grandmother with poppy brooch


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When the Duchess of Cambridge attended the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday, she donned a special poppy brooch.

The Duchess wore the Codebreakers poppy brooch that pays tribute to those who have worked in signal intelligence. Catherine’s late grandmother Valerie Glassborow served as a signal intelligence worker during the Second World War. She worked at Bletchley Park behind the scenes to decipher messages by the Axis.

It was a sweet tribute to a beloved grandmother while also honouring all those who fought and died serving their country and the Commonwealth.

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The website, Poppy Shop, where the poppy is sold describes the brooch, “Each elegant brooch comes with a certificate to remember one of the 13,000 men and women on the Bletchley Park Roll of Honour and is presented in a keepsake box.”

They added, “For 2019, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we wish to recognise the role of the Codebreakers with a new brooch to add the Codebreakers with a new brooch to add to The Poppy Collection. This piece is impeccably crafted to be worn with pride, offered as a gift and treasured as a reminder of our service people’s bravery in the run-up to D-Day.”

The brooch was released earlier this year as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and as such, this is the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has been seen wearing it.

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